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  2. Us 99 News?

    Mike, Thanks for the info!! The newspaper uses aggressive push advertising so it was a little hard to stay with the story on my laptop, but it is worth the effort. That section of old 99 is enormously evocative of the 1950s when I used to ride or drive it on occasion….two lanes through rural countryside, across small bridges, and under the overarching branches of roadside trees. Thanks Dave Keep the Show on the Road
  3. Ice Age Floods Sweep The Land. A Two Lane Road Leads You There!

    Curt, Spectacular!! I enjoyed your Then and Now of entering the Coulee, but I confess that shot with the steam shovel takes the prize!! It is on the curve shown in my photo. Thanks!! Dave
  4. Us 99 News?

    News from Redding - Parts of old 99 in Mountain Gate will be signed! http://www.redding.com/story/news/2017/10/21/signs-recall-days-when-old-highway-99-busy-route-mountain-gate/780505001/
  5. Excellent post Dave The ice age had carved out many features in our state. Being so close to the freeway makes this a nice little stop. The scenery is spectacular. I have a old photo on the construction of the road. I am pretty sure it was taken in the same spot as your first one. The other is from where you enter the coulee. The third is from mt trip there. Curt
  6. First Road From Fall City, Wa To Snoqualmie, Wa

    After more research this road was actually built in 1865. Because the Cedar River trail was too brutal to the animals and people who traveled on it. This road was abandoned in 1894 when the route was moved to the north of the river to Snoqualmie Falls.
  7. First Road From Fall City, Wa To Snoqualmie, Wa

    Curt, No one tops you in finding the old roads!! Dave Keep the Show on the Road!!
  8. The First Fall City to Snoqualmie Road This is the original route from 1883 built by pioneer Jeremiah Borst that went up to where the train depot would be built before the NP made it there. The road continued on to Snoqualmie Ridge and down into Snoqualmie and the Borst property. This is the most feasible route to Snoqualmie from Fall City if you had to walk. The depot was built there because it was the best place due to the terrain but also it was because (my opinion) it was on the new county road between Snoqualmie and Fall City. There was no need to build a road as it was already there. Before that (1860s) The road was more of a cattle trail (while wagons could use it) from Fall City to the Borst Cabin over the Snoqualmie Ridge. In the 1850s people traveled to Seattle from Yakama pass along the Cedar River. In 1867 the road was changed to North Bend and Fall City over the Snoqualmie River route to the Snoqualmie Pass. The Cedar River route remained a footpath. That section to the cemetery may have been started then. From 1858 to 1865 Yakama Pass was referred as Snoqualmie Pass. Hence the confusion. This all coincides with the incorporation of Fall City. Most of the current streets are from the 1880's. And that little strip of road up to the cemetery was an original section of the Snoqualmie road to the pass that connected to the Toll Road in 1883. The Toll Road started at the Borst Cabin (about River street in Snoqualmie) then to Easton. This is the reason I think it is important. As it is the very first road east out of town when the town was first settled. It stayed that way until sometime into the 1890s I am still researching that part. Here are some of my findings to support my opinion. I saw an advertisement that pioneer Jeremiah Borst was selling tracts of his land in the 80s. I forgot to save that one and can't find it when I looked again. Borst in about 1877 had a vested interest in that section of road at the time. This is the year he have may begun the work. This is a snippet from the Wagon Road Act of 1875. SEC. 7. Whenever the sum of five thousand dollars shall have been realized, said commissioners shall meet as soon as practicable at the house of Jeremiah W. Borst, on Snoqualmie prairie, and after having been duly qualified as provided in section six, shall proceed to view and locate a road between the two points named in the first section of this act, by the nearest practicable route. Said trustee shall also receive said ten per cent. of said net proceeds, and without delay pay the same to E. P. Boyles, George Taylor and S. R. Geddis of Yakima county, and Jeremiah W. Borst and Rufus Stearns of King county, who are hereby constituted a board of commissioners to superintend the expenditure of all moneys realized for the benefit of said road, under the provisions of this act. He was to receive 10% of the proceeds for his work on the road. Even though the lotteries were cancelled I saw an article from 1878 that said $180 was spent on the road from the lottery proceeds. He must have built it regardless, due to the fact he would become rich selling his land as the price would increase if there was a highway from Seattle that came through his property. There already was a cattle trail so it just needed improvements. That is why the maps shows a trail between Fall City and Snoqualmie in the 1873. In 1873 the map shows the road finished just past where the depot was. This is why I believe that the strip is historically significant to Fall City and Snoqualmie. This was the very first wagon road to link the two towns. The maps show the abandoned road and the picture is from an intact part of it that leads up to the cemetery in Fall City. ( about 300 feet) My Snoqualmie Road page is up but i need to rewrite the history part. www.sunset-hwy.com/wagon.htm Happy trails Curt
  9. American Road Favorite Fifteen Photo Contest

    Sue, Sounds exciting!! The Link does not work. Try (until it is fixed above): http://americanroadmagazine.com/photocontest Dave
  10. Ice Age Floods Sweep The Land. A Two Lane Road Leads You There!

    32Vid, Thanks! I appreciate the come back! The land forms created by the Ice Age Floods are truly spectacular, and all the more amazing when you appreciate how they were formed. The old Yellowstone Trail and to a lessor extent the National Parks Highway passes by, or very near, many sites, but they were seen as mysterious and unexplained formations. Today the story is still developing, but several experts are on the trail, and many like myself have a growing interest. Thanks again! Dave Keep the Show on the Road
  11. American Road® will be celebrating our crystal anniversary throughout 2017. Help celebrate our fifteenth-anniversary, enter The American Road® "Favorite Fifteen" Photo Contest! Send us your "Favorite Fifteen"- themed road trip photo! You could WIN: $500 and have your photo in an upcoming issue of American Road®. Photo entries must incorporate the theme "Fifteen" and reflect a location/destination in the USA. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit, so let your imagination soar and the photo snapping commence! For complete details and an entry form click here: http://americanroadmagazine.com/photocontest/index.html
  12. Ice Age Floods Sweep The Land. A Two Lane Road Leads You There!

    Mike, With your background in Geology you are the expert, and your descriptions are right on. Thanks for the comment! If we get enough interest, I will be filling the story out with more examples. As you know as well as I do, our two lane roads lead us to fantastic locations and discoveries. i will probably be describing more of the gems on the Yellowstone Trail Great Circle Route soon. Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  13. Great photos of the old highway and gorge. You mentioned about those floods. Some of the numbers that came out of those floods are truly staggering. At Wallula Gap, east of The Dalles, the flow was estimated to be between 6 and 10 cubic MILES of water per hour. Rivers tend to be measured in cubic FEET per second. Huge difference. The flood, at its highest point, filled the Columbia River Gorge nearly to the top. Imagine the view from Crown Point along the Columbia River Highway with the gorge completely filled with water. There are other features from the floods, yes, floods, that defy imagination. These floods happened at least 35-40 times. The geologist, J. Harlen Bretz, that came up with the original theory was basically laughed at by the scientific community until another geologist, Pardee, came up with the source of the water. It is a fascinating story and something that always gives me pause when I am in that region.
  14. Ice Age Floods Sweep The Land. A Two Lane Road Leads You There!

    This is the 1948 picture (looking south) taken on old US10 (Old Vantage Road) as it winds its way down the Frenchman Coulee cliffs to the Columbia River. Beyond the fact that I am in the picture , fans of our two lane heritage should note the line of yellow posts with black caps securing the safety cables. These are still there!!! Seventy years later!! Notice the mighty Columbia before it was dammed. Sand islands and dunes along the shore were characteristic of the River in those days. Another feature. If you look closely you can see the old Vantage high bridge, long ago replaced by a new interstate bridge a mile south. But the old bridge lives on. It is now the high bridge at the Lyons Ferry crossing of the Snake River on the Yellowstone Trail, shown in the third photo, which by the way is on the route to Palouse falls, also a major site of the Ice Age Floods. More on that in another post. The second photo was taken almost 70 years later. I have aged a bit, but the cliffs are still the same. The bridge is gone and the mighty Columbia is now dammed. But the 1940’s posts are still there minus their paint job!!! Odds are they will outlast me . If by chance you enjoy base jumping, here is a video of a jump from about where the first photo was taken in the first post. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7c-auqf7ps Keep the Show on the Road! Dave
  15. Many years past, but just a moment ago in the story of our planet, vast floods were repeatedly unleashed from a lake with a volume as great as Lakes Erie and Ontario combined!! The torrents scoured the landscape and created massive waterfalls, ten times greater than Niagara. The destruction to the landscape was so massive that it was not understood until the 1930’s , despite the fact that The Yellowstone Trail and the National Parks Highway wound across and through the enormous canyons, sheer cliffs, and vast scab lands. I refer to the Ice Age Floods of about 13-15,0000 years ago, which left their mark across three states (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) on a scale so large its full extent can only really be seen from 30,000 feet in the air or from a satellite.. But you can get up close and personal on our two lane roads, and marvel at land forms so awe inspiring you will be astounded that water could be the cause. In fact it took most of 100 years of speculation and study for humans to understand and appreciate what they were seeing. That is one of the stories I want to tell here later, but for now I want to simply introduce you to some of the roadside scenery to peak your interest. Understanding will follow. This example is little known today, but was a familiar sight in my youth. Turn off at exit 143 (Silica Road) on Interstate 90 in my home state of Washington. You will either make the turn while heading east after climbing out of the sheer walled Columbia River canyon filled side to side with water backed up by the Wanapum Dam, or headed west past George, Washington (clever name ?!) after crossing miles of rich irrigated farmland. From the interstate travel northward on Silica and then turn west on the old Vantage Road. (See map below) For old roadies like myself, this is a road with a great history. Again I will elaborate on that later. But now lets visit the site of a cataclysm. Almost immediately you start to drop into a deep and massive canyon with sheer cliffs on each side. Note the weathered wooden safety guards with their steel cables, typical of the 1940’s when my family first wound our way down this cliff face in our two tone green 1941 Chevrolet Coupe. The road is almost abandoned today except for rock climbers and boaters headed for the River You are dropping into Frenchman Coulee. Stop at a pullout. If you are squeamish about heights, park below the cliff face on the left. Walk to the edge of the canyon on the right, just a few feet away. Now imagine this in your mind’s eye if you can. A torrent of water 300 feet deep and traveling at 80 miles an hour is bearing down on you and over the cliffs you see across the canyon. Deeper than the height of the cliffs you see, as it rushes toward the west it erodes the cliff face toward the upstream side, clawing out massive blocks of solid rock and creating the canyon below. Rocks bigger than houses are tumbling in the torrent. Your perch on the pullout isn’t safe, and in a few moments you are swept away in that flood. Sorry, I should have warned you. But what a view!! The old road followed this paved track, and I remember it well. I even have a photo of myself and my sister taken where the road overlooks the Columbia. In those golden days of yore there was a bridge about a 1.2 miles north of the modern bridge that crossed a much narrower Columbia River. It had massive sand dunes on each side, now buried under water. As a small aside my wife and I ventured down the old road on the other side of the Columbia River where as a boy we had crossed on the old bridge. The old two lane road leads all the way from Ellensburg 29 miles and through a large wind farm with its massive windmills growning in the sky, down to a dead end at the Columbia’s edge. And there to greet us were two Big Horn Sheep! Have you seen any lately on the interstate? Believe it or not, Frenchman Coulee is not the most impressive of the Floods creations, but it is easy to reach from the interstate. Most sites will require ending your dance with 18 wheelers and the charm of rest stops, and leaving behind the beauty of scenery rushing past in a 70 mph blur. Get on the two lane roads. 1. Frenchman Coulee looking west at 47.030393, -119.958240°. Can you spot the pickup truck on the road? Right green dot on # 2 below. 2. Old Vantage Road and Frenchman Coulee. Green dots represent photo sites. 3. The Feathers in Frenchman Coulee. A Flood remnant. 47.028642°, -119.965373° Left green dot on # 2 above. 5. A Big Horn at the old Vantage crossing of the Columbia. 46.957175°, -119.987799° 6. The Extent of the Ice Age Floods If we get some interest, I will continue this tale of the massive Ice Age Floods. And for those who love videos, here are some fantastic aerial views by the pros from the Ice Age Flood Institute Some excellent aerial views from the pros on You Tube. HERE. The books shown at the end are a terrific source of information and road trips. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUyxRWSYTgM
  16. I finally posted a followup to the tour. http://socalregion.com/cajon-pass-tour-august-12-2017-review/ The next tour will be advertised a bit more, but I still will just do it myself. I don't intend to collect monies for the tours just yet. Having some other group handling it wouldn't quite fit what I do. My next tour will either be on US 80 or US 99 (what section is still being looked into).
  17. Cajon Pass Tour - August 12, 2017

    Mike, It may be that having only one participant was a disappointment, but that is actually encouraging. It would have been double that if I lived anywhere within 100 miles! If I may make a suggestion to consider for your next tour. Link with a worthy non profit, collect a modest donation, and give most or all of it to the non profit. Suppose your next tour is on US99. Choose a non profit. Perhaps one along the route or with some affiliation of some kind with US99. Historical societies, Boy Scouts, car club, churches, etc. Have them handle registrations and promotion to their members. You can still promote it yourself, but channel the details through them. The obvious benefit is that they do the promotion to their members and handle the registrations in return for proceeds. Participants are making a donation to a worthy cause, have some reason to participate, and you are a good guy helping them. There are lots of variations. One I like is the production of a tour guide that you might enjoy developing, and the provision of it to the non profit for their sale. That works especially well with historical societies for their gift shops. Anyway, good luck with the next one. Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  18. Long Time: News, Invite & Info

    * Suppose it may help to give the link to the actual OC,SH Cruise Night info page, which includes a link to the Beef Villa website: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-info/ocsh-cruise-nights/ Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81 MC "Wouldn't you like to get away?" | Gary Portnoy | 'Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Cheers)'
  19. Long Time: News, Invite & Info

    * Yep, I know it has been a while since I last visited, over 5 months, in fact. The road trips I had planned were quickly destroyed, thanks to new health issues & unexpected expenses which wiped out my built-up savings. The health issues had stabilized, more or less, thanks in part to Medicaid finally approving specialists, but then a scare about a speck in my lung being cancerous put me back on edge. I hope to get health issues & finances situated enough so I can do my Road Trips & Working plans sometime later this year or early next year. Meantime, I have been doing (& chronicling on my website) some day exploratory road trips with my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS in the northern IL area to drive roads I have never seen, the latest excursion of which happened Tuesday, 07/11/2017, in conjunction with a drive to Moline IL to meet a friend in person for the 1st time. I posted a writeup & pics here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/07/14/road-trips-working-11/ Otherwise, life has been mostly good, & I made some changes (with more on the way) to my website [which combines a love of vintage vehicles & congenital heart issue awareness with several different pages & features], including a brand new Business Card. front: back: I have also just launched official OC,SH cruise nights, to which ALL ARE INVITED; take a look at the announcement in this link & let me know if you can join us sometime: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/08/09/road-trips-working-12/ I love showcasing mom'n'pop style places, described by some as the backbone of our society. When we help others succeed, we succeed. To that end, I launched a revised OC,SH NETWORK with 2 tiers of membership: LTD R/T SS & HEARTLAND. Check it out: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-info/ocsh-network/ Daily themes: "At The Heart" (Round Rock TX) "Daily Vehicle Choice" "Cruise Night Show" (summer 2017) Weekly themes: "Monday Message" & "Miniature Monday" (cars I bought) "Turntable Tuesday" & "TV Tuesday" (El Camino interior, Austin TX, 09/11/2016) "Wednesday Wakeup" & "Wildlife Wednesday" (photo I took at a cruise night, 06/05/2011) "Thursday Throwback" & "Theatre Thursday" (reflective photo I took 10/17/2010 of my then daily driver 1979 Caprice Classic seen in a Buick LeSabre) "Friday Flashback" & "Friday Fun" (picture I took at a hotel in Indianapolis IN, June 1981) "Smorgasbord Saturday" & "Saturday Sizzler" (HO scale scene with slot car track) "Scenic Sunday" & "Story Sunday" (A view of the bridge at Devils Elbow, MO, Route 66) Occasional theme: "Road Trips & Working" (Lindenwood IL castle house with M- Hope all is well for everyone. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81 MC "Where have you gone?" | Glen Campbell | 'Still Within The Sound Of My Voice'
  20. While it looks like it will be a low turnout (still no real idea until I show up that morning), I still intend to make the best of it. It should be a lot of fun, despite the heat predicted.
  21. Hi Dave, Thank you so much for sharing the interesting history on the Cajon Pass area in California! Many of us do try to imagine what travel was like in the early days of travel when roadways were newly paved. The excerpt from your 1921 travel book certainly provides something to get our imaginations going. Thanks again, Sue Communications Director American Road Magazine
  22. Thank you for the information about the upcoming 2017 Route 66 Association Of Missouri Motor Tour in September. WE would love to hear how the goes and see some photos - so please share here after the event.
  23. Hi Mike, Please be share here about your Cajon Pass tour and let us know how it goes. We of course would love a couple photos too! Good luck on your adventure.
  24. The tour will include as much of the original roadway as possible as well as the last pre-freeway alignment. There are sections remaining, that will be viewed, of the 1916 macadam paving.
  25. Cajon Pass Tour - August 12, 2017

    It is hard to put ourselves in our imaginations in a 1915 automobile crossing the desert on a dirt and sand road, and then navigating grades and turns so severe you had to back up to move ahead! By the 1920’s that experience was in the past on Cajon Pass. The 1921 Automobile Blue Book T (Transcontinental) edition describes “descending on easy winding grades over splendid roadway.” The road was paved between San Bernadino and the summit. It was still the National Old Trails Road and the Santa Fe Trail, but it wasn’t the rugged experience it had been just a few years before. My father and uncle used to race trains on the downhill segment in the 30’s, but that is in the Route 66 days, and years later. As an aside, using ArcGIS last evening I overlaid vintage maps on modern base maps and identified a couple of spots where the 1915 road still appears to exist. I’m not sure because I can’t visit it on the ground. Will your tour include any segment of the original automobile route in addition to the later versions? Wish I could be along on the tour! Dave
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